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Martyrs: Innocence, Vengeance, and Despair in the Middle East
Martyrs offers compelling and chilling interviews with terrorist trainers, with the families of suicide bombers, fighters and fanatics, and with Muslim scholars offering differing opinions on the legitimacy of violence in Islam. Through the voices of those who plan and those who grieve, Martyrs provides provocative and troubling insights into the zealotry that leads to the ...more
Paperback, 240 pages
Published November 13th 2004 by St. Martin's Griffin
(first published 2003)
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Davis focuses on individual interviews with the families of suicide bombers--the mothers, brothers, ex-husbands and friends of people who have, in the conflicts in Israel, Lebanon and Iran, killed themselves as a tactic of terror and destruction. Davis sits somewhere between Bloom and Victor, that the perpetrators of these acts made the choice to do it, but that there are significant social and cultural factors that allow pressure to be brought to bear by their handlers and recruiters to coerce ...more